French company Suez helps south Delhi colony get drinking water from taps.

Purva Marwaha - 06-mars-2017 10:14:23
In a first, south Delhi colony gets drinking water from taps The inauguration of the scheme saw Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath Bharti and Mishra underline the initiative’s importance in bringing Delhi closer to developed countries. On Sunday afternoon, a residential colony in south Delhi’s Malviya Nagar became the first area in the capital to get 24×7 access to potable water from taps. The flagship project is aimed at benefitting 1,900 people in the area and will be implemented in other parts of Delhi soon. Done under a public-private partnership with French company Suez, the scheme was implemented by isolating Navjeevan Vihar hydraulically and following the “calculation of losses”, Delhi Jal Board (DJB) officials said. The supply of potable water at the colony, officials said, is from the Malviya Nagar underground reservoir command area, which provides water to around 4.5 lakh people in south Delhi.   “The project will help 340 families. Consumers will be able to get drinking water directly through taps by closing the inlet of the overhead tanks. As part of the project, a leak detection mechanism has also been put in place, and losses at household levels, checked,” said DJB chairperson Kapil Mishra. DJB officials said that three exercises had to be conducted in order to ensure uninterrupted high-quality water supply. “House service connection levels needed to be changed, overhead and underground tanks needed to be bypassed and a high-end leakage detection system had to be formulated,” a senior DJB official said. Mishra added, “This initiative will help consumers save water from leakages and overflow. It would also help people save money as water bills will get less expensive. It will also end people’s dependency on water purifiers. No water pumps will also be required and hence power consumption will be reduced.” The inauguration of the scheme saw Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath Bharti and Mishra underline the initiative’s importance in bringing Delhi closer to developed countries. Stating that while the pilot project might look like a “small step”, Mishra said the scheme will be replicated in other parts of the capital, which has already been divided into 1,010 units. For residents, it is a dream come true. “In this society, we have seen a lot — from laying down of water pipes to bad performance of overhead tanks and shortage of water and milk. Having gone through that, to get water supply 24×7 seems like a dream. But it has happened,” said J Arora, who has been living at Navjeevan Vihar for more than two decades.   Source:

Gattefossé opens new premises in Mumbai, India

Thomas ILHE - 14-sept.-2015 08:21:53
Subsequently growth in its business activity in India initiated Gattefossé group to expand its presence in the  country through the  establishment of a technical centre of excellence. This new facility reinforces the activity of its affiliate, Gattefossé India, run by Mr Sunil Bambarkar. This new  office   and  technical centre is officially  inaugurated  on  11th  September,  2015 with the distinguished presence of Mr. Jacques Moyrand, Gattefossé group Chairman, Mr Agit Singh, Chairman, AGC  Worldwide Associated Capsule Pvt Ltd. and Mr Yves Perrin, The Consul  General of France. The centre brings together a FDA* certified laboratory for pharmaceutical applications to facilitate the use of API’s** in formulations as well as a state-of-the-art personal care laboratory on surface area of 325 m² (3500 sqft). The staff specialists provide an essential technical interface for customers throughout India and beyond using these tools and apparatus. These new premises aim  at facilitating the  research and formulation work and consolidating the  local assistance to customers. Olivier Midler, CEO of Gattefossé group describes its vision for the  future: “ Our growth  strategy for the company is based on  two  main pillars; innovation, by pursuing  our  significant investments  in R&D and  product  applications, and geographical  expansion by developing  our  business and expertise in new territories. All these efforts to ensure our customers a responsive and adapted service specific to their markets .” About Gattefossé India: Gattefossé India is a decade run  strategic supplier for cosmetics and pharmaceuticals companies in India. This Gattefossé affiliate is responsible for sales, marketing and technical service support throughout the Indian subcontinent. It sustains a profitable operation, supported by a professional team of business development, technical and customer service as well as administration managers. Gattefossé India extends extensive regulatory, toxicological support, technical and application guidance to the  pharmaceutical and personal care customers. Various workshops, texture showcase and seminars are organised by experts for detailing benefits of Gattefossé products. About Gattefossé Group: Gattefossé develops, manufactures and sells specialty ingredients for the personal care and pharmaceutical industries and offers a strong expertise in formulation for both of these activities. Gattefossé markets its products in more than 60 countries through 13 affiliated companies and a network of agents and distributors which operate technical and marketing support: 75% of the sales are achieved on the export markets. Innovation, ethics, quality and stability are the company key-drivers since the beginning. Gattefossé was founded in Lyon, France in 1880 by Mr Louis Gattefossé to whom building strong relationship with customers was a priority. The company still is a family-run  and independent business, and now  employs 280 people worldwide.  

India: ALSTOM GRID inaugurates the first 1200 kV disconnector

Nathalie OSTERNAUD - 04-janv.-2013 11:56:45
  Alstom Grid and Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) have inaugurated the world’s first 1200 kV double knee type disconnector, supplied by Alstom Grid’s manufacturing plant located in Pappadai, in the South of India. Since June 2011, Alstom Grid works with Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) to provide Ultra High Voltage technological solutions to PGCIL’s national test station at Bina (State of Madhya Pradesh). PGCIL’s test station will facilitate field testing of 1200 kV equipment prior to the deployment of the country’s Ultra High Voltage AC transmission system. The innovative technology used for this new double knee type disconnector enables this type of equipment to achieve unparalleled voltage levels. This technological breakthrough is a major step following the inauguration of the 1200 kV capacitor voltage transformer and optical current transformer which have been delivered to the same test station. Source: Alstom Group India

The Lille Region: an attractive destination for Indian businesses

India - 04-oct.-2012 13:46:14
  The Lille Region (Northern France) is at the centre of the wealthiest consumer market in Europe with a population of nearly 80 million within a 300 km radius. Within easy reach of decision-making centers including Paris, Brussels, London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt, the region combines a strategic geographical location with outstanding transport infrastructure - high speed train, 3 major international airports nearby (Paris, Bruxelles, London), proximity to Antwerp and Rotterdam ports - and leading positions in high technology industries in Europe. Less known than Paris but still widely opened to the world, the Lille region has been remarked by Indian investors as a promising business destination.   Leading French institute of digital design opens in India The Lille region boasts of an internationally renowned institute in the digital sector: Supinfogroup. Today, this cluster of schools trains some 1,200 students in animation, video games and industrial design. On finishing their studies, those young professionals are immediately snapped up by major animation studios like PIXAR and DREAMWORK or by games companies of international repute such as GAMELOFT, UBISOFT and HYDRAVISION. Supinfogroup’s reputation now reaches as far as India, where the group of schools has been selected by private investors to set up a campus dedicated to multimedia and video games at in Pune. Built and financed by the Indian real estate magnate, D S Kulkarni , the brand-new campus has already welcomed 350 students. The investors were particularly impressed by the quality of films presented by the students and by the prizes that they have won at several international festivals, a resounding endorsement for Supinfogroup’s expertise and excellence!  Titagarh Wagons acquired Arbel Fauvet Rail as its first international investment   In 2010, Titagarh Wagons, India’s leading wagon makers, acquired the assets and business of the French wagons and rolling stock manufacturer Arbel Fauvet Rail (AFR) based in the Lille Region. Leveraging on AFR’s expertise in wagon manufacturing and as many as 15 patents on various technologies, this deal is expected to provide Titagarh Wagons with an additional production capacity of up to 5,000 wagons per year and in turn initiate its expansion into European and global markets. From 84 employees, Titagarh Wagons AFR now employs 160 people.   Lille Region, European leader in the field of technical textiles   CETI, the European Centre for Innovative Textiles, is the world’s most recent research and prototyping centre dedicated to new textile applications. At the heart of a first class scientific network, CETI uses creativity techniques to accelerate the development, innovation, experimentation and application of state-of-the-art textiles. The CETI’s inauguration is scheduled for the 10th October 2012 in the Lille Region (Northern France) with the installation of the spinning tool, Phase 1 of the CETI, which will be used to develop new high-performance fibres essential for markets such as ultra-filtration, medical devices and intelligent textiles. The phase 2 planned for 2013-2014 will focus on the manufacturing processes (knitting, weaving, braiding), especially for the composite or technical fabric markets.   Today, CETI positions itself as an exceptional world-class centre. It can be compared in terms of equipment to the “Non-Woven Institute” (NCRC) which federates over 60 major companies around the development of new textile materials from Raleigh in the USA. This centre generates an annual turnover of over $ 4m.   It is in Phase 2 that the CETI comes into its own as it will then be the only platform in the world to bring together in one place as much technological equipment associated to cutting-edge research in the field of technical textiles.   The CETI aims to meet professionals from the global technical textile industry and enter business partnerships.   Nord France Invest to meet Indian investors   A high-level delegation from the Lille Region will be visiting India in October 2012. On this occasion, Nord France Invest, the official investment promotion agency for Lille region, in partnership with the Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IFCCI), is organizing a seminar on ‘ Successful Investment in France: The Lille Region Business Case’ on 8 th of October 2012 at Sofitel BKC in Mumbai. The seminar will be followed by a networking cocktail. During the seminar, Mr. Luc DOUBLET, President of Nord France Invest and Mr. Yann PITOLLET, Director General of Nord France Invest, will address investment opportunities in Lille Region (Northern France) in various sectors and highlight the strengths of the region to key influencers and decision makers in the Indian industry and will meet leading Indian companies’ representatives to discuss business opportunities. Meetings with representatives of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), and the All Indian Association of Industry (AIAI) in Mumbai are also scheduled followed by the signing of partnership agreements.     Another official visit of Nord France Invest is scheduled in June 2013 which will set its focus on developing business collaborations in the field of health and pharmaceuticals.       About Nord France Invest   Nord France Invest is the publicly funded investment promotion agency for the city of Lille and its region. The agency helps businesses to develop and assists them in making the most of their move to Northern France.   Drawing on expertise across a wide range of fields, Nord France Invest and its network partners offer personalised and fully confidential services to investors, free of charge, from the initial decision through to the launch and follow-up. In pursuing these aims, Nord France Invest draws on the skills of its own staff, combined with expert input from an extensive network of regional and international partners.   For further information about Nord France Invest, please go to: Contact information: Ms. Marie-Hélène Cauchy Communications Manager Nord France Invest Tel : +33 3 59 56 23 36 Email:    Website:   Press contact:   Ms. Deepika PRAKASH Press Officer French Trade Commission Embassy of France, New Delhi Tel: +91 11 43 19 63 51 Email:    


Julien Compain - 04-août-2011 11:58:57
  Ubifrance -French Trade Commission in India organised, for the first time in India , Art de Vivre à la Française, a prestigious French Lifestyle Show from 14th to 16th July 2011 at Taj Palace Hotel New Delhi .  The inaugural party took place on th 13th July but the official inauguration was cancelled due to sad events on the same evening at Mumbai. High profile celebrities and politicians like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Farooq Abdullah, and Mani Shankar Aiyar among others though graced this occasion. 19 exhibitors representing 22 brands exhibited their products during the event.  During the three day event, there were 550 visitors of which 250 professionals (architects, interior decorators, luxury hotels, distributors…). The French companies were very satisfied – this event gave them an opportunity to understand the Indian market and realise its great potential. The following French companies, world renowned in the field of home décor, tableware, jewellery and other lifestyle related products, participated in this event: Andre Verdier/Delarboulas  ( ) Ateliers Philippe Coudray ( ) Bleu Nature ( ) Chevillotte ( ) Collection Pierre/Ensemble London ( ) Ercuis/Raynaud ( ) Grange ( ) Henryot & CIE ( ) Jaune de Crome/JL Coquet ( )  Le Creuset ( ) Neology ( ) Poiray Joaillers ( ) Sabina Fay Braxton ( ) Serdaneli International ( ) ST Dupont ( ) Tisserant Art & Style ( ) Ulgador ( ) Volevatch ( )  Verrerie de la Marne ( )                                              

Fruitful participation of the French companies in the 11th edition of the Bangalore India Bio Exhibition 2011

Julien Compain - 11-mai-2011 13:59:05
                                                           The French Trade Commission-UBIFRANCE organised targeted B2B meetings and assisted a delegation of six French companies for the third time on this exhibition, in their endeavour to foster partnerships and strategic alliances with Indian companies in the promising biotechnology sector. The previous participations in the years 2006 and 2008 were also a huge success. The visit of the delegation to Bangalore from the 4th to 6th of May , was in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce of Paris who had also organised meeting programs for some of the companies of the delegation. The exhibition was graced by H.E Mr Jérôme Bonnafont, the French Ambassador to India who gave a speech during the Inauguration ceremony and H.E Mr B. S. Yeddyurappa, Chief Minister of the State of Karnataka. Several dignitaries from the Department of I.T, B.T and Science & Technology, Government of Karnataka and Ms Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairman & Managing Director of Biocon, the leading biotechnology company in India were also present at this time. During the event, meetings were organised for the companies from the delegation on the French Stand as well as in the Bio Partnering rooms assigned to the companies for the individual meetings. The meetings were well attended by Indian as well as some foreign companies seeking collaborations. The representatives of Domain Therapeutics & Azothis made presentations in the conference programme titled “Gateway to Europe” alongwith with the delegates from the European Business Technology Centre. Their presentations were focussed on promoting France as a preferred destination for fast track partnerships in the Biotechnology sector. The CEO Conclave and Networking dinner were also attended by the companies on the first day of the exhibition. In addition to that, the French delegation won the award for the Best International Participation on the parameters of the stand, the quality of the participants, their innovative technologies as well as a significant presence on the exhibition. The event gathered extensive media coverage with the local & national press covering the event, as well as the French television channel France 24 interviewing some of the representatives of the French companies present on the stand as well as filming the attractive stand strategically positioned at the entrance of the exhibition. Azothis , - Non-invasive treatments by electric signals for cardio vascular, reducing edema, tissue regeneration. Biopredic International , - Reagents for Research, Human & Animal Primary cells, Cell lines, Tissues for Research, Drug discovery, Drug development, Pharmacology and toxicology. Clean Cells , - Expertise in biosafety testing and the characterization of biological products. Domain Therapeutics , - Discovery and early development of small molecules for leading indications of CNS (Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease) and diabetes. Horiba Jobin Yvon SAS , –Instrumentation for R&D, process and environmental monitoring, in-vitro medical diagnostics… Pierre Fabre Laboratoires , - Pierre Fabre is focused on research, development, manufacturing and marketing of dermo cosmetics, prescription medicines and family health products. Pierre Fabre is also best known for its anti-cancer drugs as well as research initiatives in the area of oncology.   For any further information please contact                                                
Sophie Clavelier, Country Head   Welcome to the French Trade Commission Business France in India!     Our key mission is to promote trade relations between France and India. We assist French- based companies seeking potential partners and new markets in India, while helping Indian businesses to identify potential French suppliers, commercial and technical partners.   In India, our 4 offices are located in business hubs, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai. We have a dedicated multicultural team of 38 experts in the following growing sectors: Agrofood Industry Industry and Cleantech Lifestyle and Healthcare Tech & Services Our Trade Commission also has a Press office in charge of helping French companies to communicate in India as well as a Market Access Department enabling them to better understand and adjust to the Indian regulatory and fiscal framework. In


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